MLB Spring Training has only just started, but the MLB buzz is continuous. There is already buzz about mid-season trades to come. There's also already buzz about the free agents after this season.
Albert Pujols and C.C. Sabathia will probably continue to dominate the MLB buzz. There are some other buzz stories past Pujols and Sabathia, though.
Here are some of the latest buzz in the MLB world.
Kevin Millwood rejected a minor-league offer from the New York Yankees.
Following a dismal 2010 season with the Baltimore Orioles, the pitcher believes he is still worthy of the major leagues.
Not with the Yankees, though.
That’s not a typo. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Washington (and prospective NFL) quarterback Jake Locker in the 2009 MLB Draft.
They own his rights through 2015. If there is a work stoppage in the NFL, Locker could potentially join the Angels.
What is Jonathon Papelbon’s future in the Boston Red Sox organization?
Papelbon becomes a free agent at the end of 2011, unless he signs an extension with the club (or is traded) during the year.
The speculation is that Papelbon won’t remain in Boston after this year.
Papelbon disagrees, though, saying he doesn’t understand those rumors. We will just have to wait and see.
Reports surfaced that Orlando Cabrera would retire after the 2011 season. Cabrera signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera said today that he intends to play many more years, that this season will not be his last.
Free agent Jose Guillen is still on the market as well. However, chances are looking slim that he will be signed, the closer the season nears.
Now, as Guillen told Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, he will retire if he does not receive any offers within the next week.
Free agent Chad Durbin is still available. The latest reports are that the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in him.
However, Durbin is also amenable to a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies if no major league deal pans out, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with their first baseman, James Loney. He and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $4.875 million contract.
The Dodgers got the better end of that deal, only going $175,000 over what they wanted to give him.
There is a lot of speculation that Jose Reyes will not finish the 2011 MLB season as a member of the New York Mets.
Reyes will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Plus, Mets ownership is still feeling the financial stress after the Madoff troubles.
They may have to give up Reyes to clear up some salary.
The New York Mets financial troubles are a hot topic. Certainly, they will be trying to move as much salary as possible to save money.
Expensive closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez has a $17.5 million option for 2012. The option will kick in automatically if he pitches 55 games, passes medical tests and is declared healthy.
Some speculate that the Mets will try to not let K-Rod reach those 55 games.
However, the MLBPA will be closely monitoring the situation, with MLBPA chief Michael Weiner saying that the Mets cannot deliberately prevent K-Rod from reaching his option.